Overnight Test Drive Of Tesla Model S P100D Ends With A Crash

Crashed Red Tesla Model S


In Calgary, Canada, an overnight test drive of a Tesla Model S P100D ended with a bang…literally.

Contemporary Coachworks, the body shop responsible for repairing this banged-up Model S, says that the driver of the car lost control and struck a guard rail. Speed at the time of the incident is unknown. There were no reported injuries.

Tesla Model S Test Drive Ends With A Crash – Image Via Ed Tanas

These overnight test drives aren’t all that common for high-end Teslas. In fact, it’s up to each store manager to decide whether or not to offer up a Tesla for longer term drives such as the overnighter. An application must be filled out in advance too.

When Tesla first announced the 24-hour test drive program, the automaker sent this to out (mostly to Model 3 reservation holders):

“To experience these features yourself (Autopilot, Summon, etc.), we’d like to offer you an exclusive overnight test drive experience. And to make it easier, we’ll even drop off the car at your home or office.”

It’s unfortunate that this test drive ended badly, but there’s always a risk associated with lending out a car longer term and we’re sure that risk increases when the vehicle lent is the quickest production car in the world.

Images via Ed Tanas Facebook

Source: Teslarati

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21 responses to "Overnight Test Drive Of Tesla Model S P100D Ends With A Crash"
  1. Kev says:

    Speed at the time of the incident has not yet been shared. That car has definitely recorded it.

    1. Josh Bryant says:

      Test drive cars are electronically governed to 80 mph max, so I give you one guess how fast it was going…

  2. Oooops! I did it again!
    (Buried my foot on the Go Fast pedal!)

  3. Oswald says:

    I don’t mean to sound abrasive but I don’t think these types of articles benefit the site. These are non-news. The only Tesla crashes I care about are those that are particular to something of Tesla, like if the auto pilot features were abused, and I think others probably feel similarly. Some person crashing their test drive is nothing.

    1. CDAVIS says:

      @Oswald said: “…The only Tesla crashes I care about are those that are particular to something of Tesla…”

      Seems to me that a Tesla S P100D crash associated with a Tesla overnight test drive is particular to something of Tesla.

      I enjoy the wide mix of EV articles InsideEVs publishes and I think others probably feel similarly.

      1. Mil says:

        Sorry but I’m with Oswald. I’m interested in Tesla but someone crashing their car is not necessarily Tesla specific. I do not care for issues related to the “user”.

        1. MT says:

          Then stop the public whining and send a note to the editors.

        2. CDAVIS says:

          @Mil said “…someone crashing their car [a Tesla overnight test car] is not necessarily Tesla specific…”

          Not Tesla specific? LOL

          I think it’s great that Tesla offers an overnight test car program…a “Tesla specific” offer that some readers may not have known before reading this article.

    2. Daniel says:


  4. David Murray says:

    Hmmm.. Well, I don’t think the car would have been going at a super high rate of speed, otherwise the damage would be a lot worse than this.

    1. Paul Smith says:

      It hit a guardrail, so probably not a head on collision. That is a likely amount of damage for a Telsa doing 80mph.\

  5. Goaterguy says:

    Meh, things happen… It isn’t the first, it won’t be the last.

    I’ve had overnight test drives on other cars before, it’s an unknown (to you) car that you are getting used to.

  6. Jimmy Chan says:

    Next news headline: The test driver sues Tesla because the car goes too fast.

  7. islandboy says:

    What’s all that white stuff on the ground in the pictures? If it is slippery, might it have something to do with the loss of control? 😉

  8. whereismycoffee says:

    21″ wheels. Are those summer tires in the snow? If so, Tesla shouldn’t be loaning these out. They should be equipped with winter tires or decent all seasons.

    1. Michael says:

      You’re jumping to conclusions. You can easily get 21″ winter tires. I have Nokian 245/35-21 on my 85D.

    2. Ang says:

      Tesla here in Calgary puts winter tires on all of their demo cars. And anyone driving here *should* know how to drive in snow, or shouldn’t be driving an unfamiliar vehicle.

  9. ffbj says:

    A guardrail? That must be a pretty oddly shaped and high guardrail. Maybe he hit it head on, though it looks like he smashed into something bigger. Looks like a result from the small overlap test.

  10. an_outsider says:

    May they turn on the Valet mode next time before a night test drive..? :-/

  11. Hurry up says:

    Nevs wants to build tesla EVs in Europe? (link)

  12. Nix says:

    Yadda, yadda, yadda — But did the guy buy a Tesla in the end???